Birds on a Wire: A Renga 'Round Town (Hardcover)

A Renga 'Round Town

By J. Patrick Lewis, Paul B. Janeczko, Gary Lippincott (Illustrator)

Wordsong, 9781590783832, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008



Two poetry masters create a slice of American life, in renga form. This portrait of a day in the life of an American village is told in an ancient poetic form known as the renga (meaning "linked verse"), in which one poet writes a verse and another poet responds to that. Then the first poet adds another verse, and so on. Each verse links somehow with the one preceding it but not with the others. This means that each new verse takes the story in a completely different direction as each poet comes up with a clever way to connect the new verse. Birds on a Wire, a Parents' Choice and IRA Teachers' Choice book, is a random romp around town.

About the Author

J. Patrick Lewis has written many books, and his short stories and poems have been published in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Paul B. Janeczko is an author, a teacher, and a poet. Growing up, he didn't much like school, preferring sports. He was a reader, however, thanks to the Hardy boys. He lives in western Maine.

Gary Lippincott has a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has received numerous awards for his artwork at science-fiction and fantasy conventions. He lives in Royalston, Massachusetts.